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LITHIUM CARBONATE

Lithium is used to treat and prevent episodes of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) in people with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder; a disease that causes episodes of depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods). Lithium is in a class of medications called antimanic agents. It works by decreasing abnormal activity in the brain. Source: National Library of Medicine

At a Glance: This Drug in 2013

1.33M
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 200 of 3238

$19.6M
Retail Cost

Rank: 612 of 3238

175,481
Patients

Rank: 305 of 3238

79,395
Prescribers

Rank: 281 of 3238

User Reviews of Related Drug Lithium »

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43%

of people say

it's worth it

31%

of people say

it worked well

26%

of people say

it's a huge hassle
Alternatives:

Lamictal Tegretol Topamax

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 17,276 118,381 $1.85M
New York 12,686 99,117 $1.43M
Pennsylvania 10,474 80,850 $1.16M
Texas 10,486 64,903 $952K
Florida 10,403 64,826 $936K
Ohio 8,026 61,572 $903K
Massachusetts 6,868 53,221 $813K
Illinois 5,995 46,357 $658K
Michigan 6,332 43,955 $698K
North Carolina 6,098 41,427 $618K
Missouri 4,751 35,309 $473K
Wisconsin 4,067 33,402 $560K
Washington 4,590 32,928 $510K
Virginia 4,628 32,915 $456K
New Jersey 4,304 32,380 $456K
Tennessee 4,855 32,007 $477K
Indiana 3,720 26,609 $427K
Maryland 3,507 25,038 $362K
Georgia 3,744 24,014 $321K
Minnesota 3,237 23,731 $423K
Arizona 3,440 22,686 $333K
Connecticut 2,861 22,346 $325K
Oregon 2,923 20,817 $329K
Kentucky 3,046 20,377 $293K
Louisiana 2,958 19,741 $259K
Colorado 2,854 19,695 $320K
Alabama 2,857 19,369 $233K
Arkansas 2,329 16,409 $209K
Iowa 2,000 16,251 $197K
South Carolina 2,400 15,298 $228K
Oklahoma 1,913 13,417 $171K
Kansas 1,718 12,825 $180K
Maine 1,713 12,204 $202K
Mississippi 1,679 11,503 $149K
West Virginia 1,535 10,391 $148K
Nebraska 1,354 10,365 $150K
New Hampshire 1,283 9,883 $138K
Utah 1,361 9,717 $143K
Rhode Island 1,191 8,869 $131K
Idaho 1,254 8,569 $129K
New Mexico 1,267 7,670 $106K
Nevada 985 5,423 $92.3K
Montana 724 5,167 $71.8K
Vermont 690 5,039 $90.9K
South Dakota 517 4,544 $55.2K
Delaware 587 3,674 $59.5K
Hawaii 504 3,328 $53.1K
North Dakota 427 3,116 $46.4K
Alaska 268 2,278 $31.4K
District of Columbia 497 2,237 $37.7K
Wyoming 280 1,887 $31.8K
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients Methodology »

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Top prescribers for LITHIUM CARBONATE

Provider Medicare Claims City State
CLAUDE CURRAN M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled448

FALL RIVER

Massachusetts

JOEL PECK M.D.

Claims Filled439

AIEA

Hawaii

JOSE RODRIGUEZ CAY M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled438

CAGUAS

Puerto Rico

FERNANDO LOPEZ M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled436

DOTHAN

Alabama

PAUL MAGUIRE M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled433

DOVER

New Hampshire

DEBBIE WEAVER M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled427

BALTIMORE

Maryland

MAHMOUD AHMED MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled418

EAU CLAIRE

Wisconsin

ERIC BARNES D.O.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled417

COLUMBIA

Missouri

JOHN HAEBICH M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled415

CHICAGO

Illinois

CHARLES RODWELL MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled409

KNOXVILLE

Tennessee

GRETCHEN SEROTA MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled408

CINCINNATI

Ohio

RAHIM SHAFA MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled408

NATICK

Massachusetts

RANDALL CULLEN M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled407

MADISON

Wisconsin

PHILLIP DIAS-MANDOLY M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled407

SEWICKLEY

Pennsylvania

EDWARD ZUZARTE MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled407

BALTIMORE

Maryland

AJITH POTLURI M.D.

Behavioral Neurology Neuropsychiatry

Claims Filled405

CHAMBERSBURG

Pennsylvania

SYAM KUNAM MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled401

REDLANDS

California

GEETHA DHATREECHARAN M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled396

CENTREVILLE

Michigan

SUBHASH PATEL M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled389

GASTONIA

North Carolina

WAYNE PAULEKAS MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled389

WETHERSFIELD

Connecticut

JOSE GAMBOA MD

Child Adolescent Psychiatry

Claims Filled388

ANAHEIM

California

MICHAEL DEAL M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled384

INDIANAPOLIS

Indiana

KISHORKUMAR DEDANIA M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled382

BETHLEHEM

Pennsylvania

COLBY WANG M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled378

SPRINGFIELD

Missouri

JOSEPH SPARE M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled378

MARION

Ohio